Diana Silver, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Global Public Health and Public Health Policy at the College of Global Public Health at NYU. Currently, Dr. Silver's research explores the impact of variation in the implementation, adoption and repeal of state and local public health policies on health outcomes, particularly alcohol consumption, motor vehicle crashes, tobacco use, and food safety. Some of her other work has examined variation in access to publicly funded services such as clinics, after-school programs, parks and playgrounds. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and several other funders.
Dr. Silver's work has been published in a variety of prominent journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Health Promotion, Public Health, Tobacco Control, Journal of Safety Research, the American Journal of Evaluation, Social Science and Medicine, PLoS One, Journal of Community Health, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, International Journal of Equity in Health, Globalization and Health, Youth and Society, Public Administration Review and Policy Studies Journal. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Health Promotion, and has served as a consultant to numerous health and social service agencies throughout New York City. She began her career focused on the developing policies and programs that could address the epidemics of AIDS, substance abuse and violence in New York City, in such settings as schools, workplaces, jails, and through community based organizations. Previous to moving to the College of Global Public Health, Dr. Silver was an associate professor of public health at NYU Steinhardt, and directed their undergraduate program in public health. Before joining the faculty at NYU Steinhardt, Dr Silver was a research scientist at NYU's Wagner School, and served as the project director for the national evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative, a ten-year project to improve the health and safety of youth in America's distressed cities. With Dr. Beth Weitzman, Dr. Silver received the American Evaluation Association's Outstanding Evaluation of the Year award in 2010 for this work. Dr. Silver received her PhD in Public Administration from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School, and her MPH from Hunter College, CUNY. In 2015, she received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching excellence.
Dr. Silver is affiliated with NYU's Institute for Education and Social Policy, and its Institute for Human Development and Social Change. She is a member of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Health Advisory Committee.